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1 in 6 kids have a life-long diagnosed developmental disability (like autism or ADD), and their caregivers struggle to balance work and life. As a result, caregivers experience 2.4x higher rates of stress and anxiety, poorer physical health, and 4x the medical expenses.
Rethink Benefits is the first and only global solution providing Fortune 100 companies and public sector, government and non-profit organizations with training and support for employees caring for a loved one with a developmental disability or undiagnosed challenges with learning, behavior or socialization. We offer caregivers 24/7 virtual teleconsultations with expert behavioral clinicians and online evidence-based training and resources they need to teach their loved one skills, address problem behaviors, collaborate with the school and clinicians, and navigate today’s complex environment.
Rethink also recently launched the Neurodiversity Inclusion Center, offering e-learning modules and a clinical support system to train HR and management about the neurodiverse community.
About this FREE Webinar
Early intervention can be crucial in helping children with autism be successful in school and in life, but effective intervention can begin at any age. Teaching a child with autism can be easier than you think and fun for you and your child or student! Whether you’re an educator, parent, or caregiver, there are practical things you can easily do to integrate effective teaching into your everyday routine. In this free, 60-minute webinar, Rethink’s Angela Nelson, MS, BCBA will discuss practical tips for educators and parents who want to learn more about how to effectively teach a child with autism in a fun and natural way!
- Gain practical knowledge on effectively teaching children with autism
- Learn how to make teaching effective AND fun
- Learn easy-to-implement strategies for successfully motivating a child with autism
Wednesday, March 22nd, 12pm EST REGISTER
Wednesday, March 22nd, 6pm EST REGISTER
About Our Guest
Angela Nelson currently serves as the Executive Director of Family and Clinical Services for Rethink, conducting trainings for educators, therapists, and administrators on how to utilize Rethink’s platform as well as consultation and support on how to implement a robust platform such as Rethink in both small and large school districts. She also provides consultative services to families utilizing the program as part of Rethink’s Employee Benefits program. She has devoted her career to supporting children and adults with a variety of disabilities in their classrooms, homes, and communities for many years. Angela holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from California State University, Northridge, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA, and is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Aside from her interest in Applied Behavior Analysis, Angela enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, going to the beach, and playing sports.
School District: Volusia County Schools, Florida
Position: Special Education Teacher
Kristy Byers began using Rethink at the beginning of the 2014/15 school year. What she has found most valuable about Rethink is its capacity to facilitate collaboration: “With Rethink, my whole team–paraprofessionals, speech therapists, etc.–can easily keep up with each child’s progress and work with them on appropriate skills,” Kristy explained. She has also had success collaborating with parents. By sharing Rethink’s graphs and reports, she has found it much easier to keep parents abreast on their child’s progress and encourage participation in their child’s growth.
“Rethink makes collaboration so much easier.”
In the relatively short time that Kristy has been using the Rethink program, she has seen significant progress in some of her students with the most intensive needs. For instance, at the beginning of the year one of her students came to her with severe echolalia–communicating only by echoing or repeating other people’s speech. Using Rethink strategies and lessons, Kristy collaborated with the student’s learning team to set up a plan and began to work on teaching him appropriate greetings. “One day, after we’d been working with the student for about 2 weeks,” Kristy explained, “he entered the classroom, and when I said ‘good morning’, he said ‘hi!’ It was so exciting!” Now, 2 months later, he is communicating independently with very few (if any) echolalic phrases and his whole world of communication has opened up to him. His parents are thrilled because his learning has carried over into the home environment as well!
By: Meredith Ouimette
What is inclusion?
According to the Council for Exceptional Children, “all children, youth, and young adults with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education and/or services that lead to an adult life characterized by satisfying relations with others, independent living, productive engagement in the community, and participation in society at large. To achieve such outcomes, there must exist for all children, youth, and young adults a rich variety of early intervention, education, and vocational program options and experiences.”
What are some strategies that work with effective inclusion programming?
With many schools that have district wide inclusion programming, the following have been strategies that have helped them make inclusion work!
- Collaboration, team work, and co-teaching with special education and general education teachers
- Use of evidence-based practices with all students in inclusion settings
- Strong leadership and administrative support at the school and district level
- Differentiated instruction for all students in classrooms
- Additional and ongoing teacher and paraprofessional support and professional development
In a classroom setting, Rethink can help teachers COLLABORATE and make inclusion successful!
- Determine what skills a student needs to be successful through Rethink’s Inclusion Assessment
- Determine what level of support is needed for success
- Select inclusion plans and videos for teachers and paraprofessionals to use when teaching students
- Provide support through teachers, paraprofessionals, and peers
Explore Rethink’s Inclusion Curriculum today! Have other questions about effective strategies with inclusion programming? Leave a comment below and get the conversation started!
About this FREE Webinar
Challenging behavior in the classroom is one of the most highly discussed topics in public education. Teachers frequently report that disruptive behavior is their greatest concern and has a significant impact on their job satisfaction. This session will focus on what teachers do best – facilitate student learning and teach students new skills. Direct instruction in social skills promotes skill development in pro-social behaviors and reduces challenging behavior. When students have social skills in their repertoire they don’t have to rely on challenging behavior.
Participants will leave the webinar with:
- A better understanding of how social skill development can impact behavior
- Specific teaching strategies to promote social skill development in their classrooms
- Ideas for teaching social skills 1:1 and in groups
About Our Guest
Dr. Patricia Wright, is Rethink’s VP of Professional Services and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to joining Rethink, she was the National Director for Autism Services at Easter Seals, one of the largest social service providers for individuals with autism. Dr. Wright has a passion for education and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are fully included in society.
Click the button below to learn more about social emotional wellness with a FREE on-demand webinar!
The season of giving thanks is upon us! In the spirit of the season, we have many new goodies to share with you as a special thanks for all that you do for your students!
I. Transition Curriculum Rethink’s new Transition Curriculum is here! You can now log into your Rethink account to explore this amazing new curriculum and start helping your students prepare for life beyond school. The curriculum is split into five key domains: community, home, social, leisure, employment, each domain including a library of lessons, task analyses, and lesson materials. You can read more about this new curriculum here.
II. New Resources we are always updating our site with additional resources to help make lesson planning and teaching easier for you and more effective. Here is a list of some of the new resources you’ll find under the resources section of our website:
- Archived Webinars: If you missed last month’s webinar series, not to worry! You can now find recordings of our most recent webinars on Collecting Data in the Natural Environment and Strategies for Integrating ABA into Group Instruction in the archived webinars section of our website (along with many other past webinars)!
- Data Sheets: After small and large group data collection sheets were featured in last month’s data collection webinar, we received tons of requests to have these available on our website. In response, these data sheets are now available for download under the data sheets section of the Resources page!
- Flash Cards: Because the goal is always for our students to generalize the skills they are building in the classroom, you can now download advanced word flash cards in different fonts and colors from the flash cards section of the Resources page!
- Lesson Plans: And finally, we have recently added a new lesson, Making Requests by Using Signs, which is now available for download in the lesson plans section of the Resources page.
II. Other New Stuff You Can Expect to See:
The new “View Data” button on Data Express allows you to view lesson graphs and manage data as
you collect it.
Now when printing out your child activity center login credentials, they will be printed in a fun student-friendly format that students can take home to their parents!
You can now export all student data to a CSV spreadsheet for easy uploading into your IEP system.
If you have any questions about any of the resources or updates please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com! We value your feedback–updates like this could never happen without it!
Meet Rethink’s new and improved Progress Report: a one-stop shop for generating a customizable, readable, and informative progress report.
The new progress report …
Whether you want an in-depth report on your student’s progress or a more general summary, the new Progress Report allows for several levels of customization to help you create the report you need. The new report allows you to add Common Core State Standards, lesson graphs, objectives & targets, and notes, or simply stick with an automatically generated data summary for each of the student’s goals.
- Encourages Data Driven Decision Making
Taking a look at the detailed data collected for targets in the Progress Report can allow you to identify a student’s strengths, weaknesses and areas of concern so you can make both short and long-term teaching decisions informed by data.
When creating a report for a specific date range, you will be able to select what kinds of lessons you’d like to include in the report. This feature makes it easy to generate a report for progress on your student’s IEP goals to bring to IEP meetings, where you can then use the report to help write new goals and plan for the upcoming year.
- Encourages Communication Between Home and School
New customization features make it easy to create a parent-friendly progress report that can be quickly emailed to a parent from the user interface or printed out, thus encouraging more active parent involvement.
- Provides for Accuracy and Transparency in Reporting
Whether you are going to an IEP meeting or working on marking-period grades for a student, the new Progress Report provides you detailed information that makes student progress and team member data collection accurate and transparent to everyone.
To find out more about how Rethink’s new Progress Report can benefit you and your students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Encourage your child to tell you about his/her day!
In this week’s Tip of the Week, learn how to teach your child some crucial skills for effective everyday communication!